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My Architect
from 10 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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Working with Bob has been one of the most pleasant experiences I can recall when it comes to house-related projects. We engaged with him to custom design a stand-alone garage with a second story in-law's suite to go along with our home's contemporary architectural lines. We had very specific functional requests and Bob took them in stride, listening with patience and sketching on the fly to confirm his understanding of our needs. I felt like Bob set realistic expectations for us on the cost of the project and when certain phases of the project would be completed. He has been proactive in reaching out to provide updates along the way and has been receptive and accommodating to our design feedback. I also feel like we received the appropriate number of concepts and check-ins along the way that helped to establish our confidence in his direction as well as helping to avoid wasted work by inadvertently going too far down the wrong aesthetic path. Additionally, Bob was a wealth of information in guiding us on engineering and permitting processes, as well as what the construction bidding and building process would look like. I would highly recommend Bob for any residential home projects but I understand he has an extensive portfolio covering commercial and municipal projects as well. If you're in need of a collaborative, patient, and experienced architect, please do not hesitate to work with Bob. Two thumbs up!

Dave Gill Construction
from 3 reviews
    Gilbert B.
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    I contacted Mr. Gill about building a fire pit for my new home. He was very consultative about trying to determine the cost, structure and longevity that I was realistic at the various price points. Mr. Gill educated me on the basic issues with most fire pits and the cost to work around those headaches. We determined a general budget for the project and got the project underway. The fire pit was built to last and has become a key gathering place for adults and children.

    JSM Engineering PLLC
    from 2 reviews
    • 6 hires on Thumbtack
    Ben E.
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    Easy to work with. Friendly and personable. Answered all my questions.

    Katherine M.
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    I had Carolina Concrete Constructors install a stamped patio with a retaining wall. They went through the process of ensuring the job would be done properly and above industry standards. They ensured all the permits were pulled and the design work was done by an architect/engineer. Our project was completed in a timely manner. We are thrilled with the look of our new patio and how our retaining wall works. I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for a quality job that will exceed their expectations.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Martha C.
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    I hired Peak City to finish a basement room. Though it was just one room, it was fairly extensive as code required the addition of a window (which required cutting into a brick wall/engineering/sign off etc). In addition to the window, Paul anticipated and shared with me everything the town was going to require before he even quoted the job. Yes, I had lower bids but no one else mentioned up front the extra costs that would be incurred. (Which obviously would've resulted in higher costs than originally bid.) The total scope of work involved extending the HVAC, moving plumbing, adding electrical, framing out of a closet, drywall install/finishing, the addition of a soffit, hardwood installation (which included removing a threshold and weaving the new hardwoods into the existing hardwoods,which was done seamlessly) painting and trim. I was also impressed with the fact that he took it upon himself to match the existing interior doors/trim etc. (That may sound like a no brainer but I've done many homes/projects over the years and you'd be surprised!!) He did his best to minimize dust and the work area was cleaned up daily (again something one would expect, but doesn't necessarily happen without asking!). He had a handful of trades in who did the same. He finished on time and stayed within the agreed budget with no surprises! Highly recommended!


    I work for alot of contractors whom have certain styles. If a contractor does something that improves the structure,function, or over all look of something then i will adopt that style. That is why my work is of the highest quality.


    We are on time, accurate, and concise. We are home builders, home inspectors, and engineers. We have been in business for 17 years. Our customers appreciate our knowledge and ability to explain in plain English our findings. They also like our extensive use of pictures.


    I am an ambitious, result-driven, detail-oriented dual ceramic and mechanical engineer with a manufacturing and CAD design emphasis. I have a proven track record of achievements and field of experience dedicated to providing innovative solutions and to fulfilling the needs of both employers and clients in the performance of service. Contributing to this concise technical merit is a character of constant personal improvement of abilities and an enthusiasm of acquiring new skills that have enriched and enhanced skills to be valued in future accomplishments.


    We utilize hourly workers trained by our management team as opposed to just relying on subcontractors. We employ the services of a Quality Control Supervisor who checks *every* project to ensure that our work matches your vision- no surprises!


    I solve all types of residential problems for homeowners, sellers and buyers. My rate is $225. My services include the following: * I do FHA foundation certifications for $175. * I do overheight mobile home wind calculations for $125. * I do various commercial investigations. $450 and up. I am an expert structural analyzer. I am a drainage expert. I know soils and can anticipate their load-bearing capacity and can run tests when necessary. Customers like a knowledgeable but simple approach.

    • 4 years in business

    I am a Baltimore area electrical engineer who can fix just about anything. Before receiving my master's degree in Power Systems Engineering, I worked in residential construction. I have done everything, from framing new homes to repairing cars. To this day, I have never had to invite a handyman into my home. I hope to share my expertise with others in the area by helping them with their home projects.


    Contract Structures is committed to providing you with the best architectural design and international construction for the public sector. We approach every project with a focus on aesthetics, functionality, cost and structural engineering. For over twenty-five years, our team has been designing unique and innovative structures. Each project is handled with unique perspective and integrity. Contract Structures has established itself as a leader in the industry. Ingenuity and an eye for solutions make Contract Structures the obvious choice for architectural services and international construction. Contract Structures is a member of these reputable organizations: * Project Management Institute * Raleigh, NC Area Chamber of Commerce * Better Business Bureau * Raleigh, NC Board of Designers * North Carolina Association of Architects * North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors * National Association of Home Designers


    I offer structural engineering services for residential and small commercial, including inspections, designs and plans.


    Collins Structural Consulting, PLLC is a structural engineering firm providing services for a variety of commercial structures, with specialties in pharmaceutical projects and coordinating a variety of projects through building information models (BIM). As a smaller company, Collins Structural Consulting, PLLC offers direct interaction with the principal engineer on all projects. We work with our clients to meet their needs while offering design solutions that work within the project constrains.

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    How do architects work?

    Architects may work for an architecture or engineering firm, they may work for a government organization, they can work for a construction company, or they may be self-employed (freelance). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics explains that architects spend a large amount of their working time in the home or company office: meeting with clients; creating reports and architectural drawings; and working with other architects and engineers. When not in an office, an architect is often at the construction site either as part of the development of plans or to ensure building progress is following the blueprint.

    When a client interacts with an architect, it is typically to have them design drawings for the construction of a house or a building. If you are a client who has hired a large architecture firm, there may be a team of people working on your design. But if you are working with a freelance architect or a smaller firm, one person (or a small group) will take your concept and translate it into an architectural blueprint that a builder can use to construct a house. The plans will lay out everything from the depth of the foundation to the materials to use to the type of metal to be used in the reinforcement. Once the plans have been created and handed off to the builder, the architect may remain on the project — depending on budget — and oversee progress.

    How do architects charge for their services?

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median salary of an architect in 2016 was $76,930. This range included architects with every type of company as well as self-employed architects. Depending on the architect and whether they’re with a firm or independent, they may charge per hour or by the square foot, or they may charge a percentage of the total budget for a construction project. An hourly rate is typically used for smaller projects such as providing consultation, helping clients hone their concept before the design process begins, or drafting documents and plans. If an architect is working on an hourly basis on a larger project, there will usually be an agreed-upon cap on the number of hours they will work. For larger projects, such as new construction or total overhaul remodels, architects may charge a percentage of the total construction costs. The architect will usually set the percentage you will pay after the total cost of construction has been accounted for. Percentages can range within a firm depending on the extent of the services they’re providing. For example, a lower percentage of the total construction costs may include drafting and minimal consultation and guidance along the way, while a higher percentage could include on-site project management services with every detail attended to. Architects may also charge by the square footage of the project. The rate per square foot can vary depending on the individual’s training, the services they are providing, the complexity of the project, and other factors — such as obtaining permits. The national average cost to hire an architect is between $1,690 and $2,500.

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